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Abit's Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200
A Sub $200 Power-House!

By - Robert Maloney
May 23, 2002

Normally, we would just dive right in and find the ?sweet spot? for overclocking, and compare it to the original numbers. I have done so here, and found that I could get this card from 250/500 to a sweet 305/610 (!). This was performed without any extra cooling of the DDR on the card, which frankly surprised me a bit. What I added to the mix were scores from a GeForce 3 Ti 500 card so we could see if current GF3 users should consider a purchase. I decided to use Quake 3 and 3DMark 2001 to show our comparisons.

Overclocking The Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200
Where you really stretch those dollars

At standard core and memory speeds, the GF4 and the GF3 were neck-and-neck, and no clear winner can be named. In each test, the GF3 edged the GF4 by a frame or two. When we overclock the card, then we start to unleash it?s full potential, coming close to the scores we had seen for the GF4 Ti 4600.

In this test, we didn?t even need to get into the overclocking, to see that the GF4 Ti 4200 beats the GF3 hands down. At 1024x768 it has a 12% higher score than the GF3. That gap, however, was closed as we went to the higher resolutions. Once again, overclocking the card gave us another 10% or so increase in score, bringing it closer to what we saw with the Ti4600, and leaving the GF3 behind.

The Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200 is that rare mix where the customer gets the performance they are looking for at a price they can afford. Its scores were consistently lower than its big brother, the Ti 4600, but only by a fraction in most cases, yet it costs half the price. It easily overmatched the Radeon 8500LE, which also usually retails for slightly more than the expected price of the Ti 4200. Add in the fact that this card screams for overclocking and you?ve got yourself a sweet deal. GeForce 3 owners should also see an improvement in performance, all the while adding in the new technologies that the GF4 uses such as the nfiniteFXII Engine and Lightspeed memory architecture. As long as Abit provides some cables, and maybe a game or two in the retail package, this is a perfect opportunity to get GF4 power at an affordable price. Some capacitor placement on the card, however, should be rethought as it hinders some heatsinks from being mounted to the RAM chips on either side of the card. All things considered, we?ll give the Abit Siluro GeForce 4 Ti 4200 a 9 on the HotHardware Heat Meter.


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